Desert Horticultural Society





Field Trips, Meetings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 17, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

    Drought conditions and water restrictions are changing the way we live in the desert. Learn from experts how to create and maintain a desert-friendly garden and reduce your water requirements at this FREE event sponsored by Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley (DHSCV).

    Join us for a day of workshops, informational exhibits and garden tours about desert-friendly, water-wise gardening in the Coachella Valley. 

    Classes and demonstrations include water-wise gardening, garden design, DIY grass removal, irrigation practices, patio and courtyard "small garden" design, proper pruning techniques, growing vegetables in the desert, and much more.

    Desert Garden Community Day has something for novice and expert gardeners, including exhibits and information booths from The Living Desert, local water agencies, garden clubs, and local businesses that support desert-friendly gardening. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to tour three spectacular Living Desert gardens scheduled during the event, all absolutely free of charge.  Class sizes are limited, so come early and plan wisely to take advantage of this event.

    Class schedule will be posted on a date closer to the event.

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Presentation by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke is Environment Editor at KCET TV in Los Angeles. A natural history writer and environmental journalist for the last 25 years, he lives in Joshua Tree.

    This talk will cover some of the surprising things we have learned about Joshua trees in the last few years, as well as quite a few mysteries they still offer. We’ll look at the trees’ evolution, their biological functions, and the role they play in the Mojave Desert ecosystem. We’ll discover some of the history of the trees’ interactions with humans, including the truth about how they got their name.

     



    • Saturday, November 07, 2015
    • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Art Smith Trail Head/Corrizo Canyon
    Professor Jim Adams has graciously offered to lead another MEDICINAL PLANT HIKE in Corrizo Canyon. Meet at the Art Smith Trail Head parking lot at 9:45 a.m. It is located on Hwy 74 on the west side of the street across from the visitor's center. If you have been on this hike before you know it is a fascinating mixture of desert plant identification and Indian lore. Jim is a Chumash Indian healer and is instructive and entertaining. No Host lunch to follow at The Daily Grill on El Paseo. This is a popular tour and space is limited so reserve your spot soon.
    • Friday, December 04, 2015
    • 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Corona Del Mar/ Newport Beach, CA
    Join us as we carpool down to Corona Del Mar/Newport Beach to experience the fabled Christmas Boutique at Roger's Garden Nursery. After an hour we should be full of Holiday decorating inspiration. We will then head over to the Sherman Library and Gardens ($5 entry fee) for a docent tour and a no host luncheon at Cafe Jardin on site. Carpooling will be available from Palm Springs. We meet at Mary Brent's at 7:45 am and leave at 8 am.
    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Presentation by Kirk Anderson, Curator of Gardens at The Living Desert

    As the valley continues to grow and build out, using even a few native plants in each landscape can help connect the valley's natural open spaces and support the valley's native fauna. Kirk Anderson, Curator of Gardens at the Living Desert, will introduce us to some local Coachella Valley native plants and show us the best ways to use them in the landscape. 

    Kirk Anderson was hired by The Living Desert in 1986 while taking horticulture classes at College of the Desert. Although he never intended to stay through one summer, let alone 29, the job turned out to be a perfect blend of his interests - gardening, xeriscaping, native plants, wildflowers , natural history, conservation - local and global. For him it's been gratifying to be affiliated with an organization offering an introduction to and an appreciation of our natural world. He has been Curator of Gardens since 2003.



     



    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Presentation by Jessyca Frederick

    DHSCV member Jessyca Frederick will address current drought issues and speak about the water needs of different groups of native and desert-adapted plants, the relationship between your soil and your irrigation equipment and runoff, easy water conservation wins in the garden, how smart controllers work, and how to make a watering schedule that works for you—your plants, your garden, your irrigation equipment, and your weather. 

    Jessyca Frederick is the co-founder and CEO of Water Wise Now, a company based in La Quinta which helps homeowners, HOAs, and small businesses use less water in the landscape. She holds a Professional Certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA Extension and is a tireless advocate for water conservation.



     



Past events

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 Drought, Water Restrictions, and Your Garden
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Cuyamaca Garden Tour
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Meeting and Presentation by Robin Kobaly, "Alter-Natives ~ Great Native Alternatives to Traditional Yard Plants"
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Songbird Cottage / Robin Kobaly
Saturday, February 28, 2015 10th Anniversary Party
Friday, February 20, 2015 Phoenix Botanical Garden, Mountain States Nursery
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Smoke Tree Ranch
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Meeting and Presentation by Caroline Conway, Education Director, The Wildlands Conservancy
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Landscape Design Basics - incorporating hardscape materials into your landscaping
Friday, December 05, 2014 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 01, 2014 Medicinal Plant Hike
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Colorado River and Canal Tour
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Backyard Composting
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Lichens of Joshua Tree National Park
Saturday, October 18, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Meeting and Presentation on Desert Landscaping
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Comprehensive Desert Wise Workshop - Robin Kobaly
Saturday, September 27, 2014 National Public Lands Day - Cactus Spring Trail Improvement
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Learn About Run-off and Easy Steps to Prevent It
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 How to Overseed Without Wasting Water & Water Restriction tips
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Sherman Library & Gardens
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Big Bear Garden Tour
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Claremont Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 San Diego Botanic Garden (Quail BG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Meeting and Presentation by Mike Chedester of The Living Desert (open to the public)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 After Garden Tour Party
Sunday, April 13, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Saturday, March 08, 2014 Rancho Dos Palmas Tour
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Coachella Valley Preserve
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 South Coast Botanic Garden
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Presentation by Robin Kobaly (open to the public), Officer Elections
Thursday, December 05, 2013 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 09, 2013 Medicinal Plant Hike
Saturday, November 02, 2013 The Weed Show
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Los Angeles County Arboretum
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Meeting & Presentation on The Weed Show (open to the public)
Saturday, June 08, 2013 Balboa Park, San Diego
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Meeting & Presentation by Author James Adams
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Hike
Saturday, February 09, 2013 Big Morongo Preserve
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Membership Meeting & Officer Elections
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Smoke Tree Ranch
Sunday, November 11, 2012 DHSCV Pot Luck - Members Only
Sunday, November 04, 2012 Temecula Olive Oil Tasting and Tour
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Meeting & Presentation by Al Hollinger
Saturday, July 14, 2012 BIG BEAR GARDEN TOUR
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Membership Meeting, The Living Desert
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Phoenix Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, March 17, 2012 "It House"

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